In this workshop, participants will engage in a hands-on exploration of the factors that make a learning environment a wonderful place for children’s independent inquiry through play.
Free play is an essential part of whole child development: it is how we are wired to learn about our world. Even very young children’s lives are increasingly structured, with far less time for playful, child-directed learning - the kind of learning where children find and solve their own problems to deepen their understanding of big ideas.
Participants will reconnect with their own playful selves through hands-on play with interesting materials, followed by activities, ideas, and dialogue around curating a play-positive learning environment. We will focus on the people (children and adults), physical spaces (both indoor and outdoor) and open-ended materials and how those factors interact to create engaging, interactive, playful environments.
This workshop is best suited for directors and teachers working with 2-5 year olds, with adaptations and ideas available for 5-8 year olds.
For registration details, email Gisele Haines: firstname.lastname@example.org